Why aren't my chickens laying?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wicked_elect, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. wicked_elect

    wicked_elect Hatching

    Apr 15, 2008
    Obtained my six hens Saturday, but have yet to get any eggs. Previous owner says they were laying fine (3-4 eggs per bird/week on average). They are all under a year old. Someone said they may need time to acclimate to the new environment, but how long should that take????????[​IMG]:fl
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    The move probably upset them....doesn't take much to upset them sometimes. It could be days or even weeks before they settle in and start laying again.
  3. wicked_elect

    wicked_elect Hatching

    Apr 15, 2008
    Thanks....I never thought it would take that long.. Thought maybe I done something wrong. Does putting a "fake" egg in the nest boxes really work when they are laying?
  4. SunsetChickens

    SunsetChickens In the Brooder

    Feb 1, 2008
    Menlo Park, CA
    I think the fake egg does help teach them where to lay.

    Yep, a break like that is totally normal for chickens who have just been moved. (It's probably the most dramatic thing that's ever happened to those chickens!)
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi and Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    We used golf balls as fake eggs to teach our girls where they were supposed to lay. The Silkies prefer to try and hatch them out, though. [​IMG]

    And I agree with the other posters, it can take a bit after a move, for the girls to start laying again!

  6. tanekahachicken

    tanekahachicken In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2008
    Titirangi, Auckland, NZ
    I'm a new egg as well and still waiting for my chickens to lay. I'm trying the fake egg trick too, but so far no luck. We have 5 chickens and my boys are rushing off to the coop in the mornings to check for eggs. We are dying to see what colour they are too.
  7. edster951

    edster951 Songster

    Quote:Hi, I'm in Southand..

    My chooks haven't laid for about 4 weeks, I'm getting about 1 egg every 2-3 days from 34 chooks.

    They have gone through molting and re feathered. Some are 22-23 weeks old.

    costing me a fortune in feed and no eggs to sell to help towards it.
  8. hdchic

    hdchic Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    I got mine on Sunday, some are 3 years old, some are 17 months. I was told the same as you. So I too, am playing the waiting game. Friend of mine said it could be weeks....*sigh*
  9. NS2A

    NS2A Songster

    Jun 11, 2007
    Try to emulate exactly what they had before.

    For example, if they had lights on during certain hours, make sure you do that also.
  10. tvtaber

    tvtaber Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Central CA
    We got some from our neighbor who were laying every day and they took a full month off before laying for us. I just put them in (after getting them used to the existing birds) with our other hens and they eventually adjusted.

    Fake eggs or golf balls help them know where to lay but cannot induce them to lay; I don't think they have that much control over the function.

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